MEDAN, Indonesia (AP) — A volcano in western Indonesia erupted on Thursday, unleashing a column of dark volcanic material high into the air weeks after villagers were returning home from an earlier eruption, officials said.
The explosion at Mount Sinabung, located in North Sumatra province, shot black ash 3 kilometers (nearly 2 miles) into the air, but there were no reports of injuries or damage, said National Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.
He said villages, farms and trees around the 2,600-meter (8,530-foot) -high rumbling volcano were covered in thick gray ash, prompting authorities to evacuate more than 3,300 people. Most were from two villages within 3 kilometers (nearly 2 miles) of the mountain in Karo district.
No lava or debris spewed from the volcano, and nearby towns and villages were not in danger, but authorities warned tourists to stay away from the danger zone located 1.5 kilometers (1 mile) from the crater, Nugroho said.
Last month, more than 15,000 people were forced to flee when the volcano rumbled to life after being dormant for three years, belching ash and smoke and igniting fires on its slopes.
The volcano's last major eruption in August 2010 killed two people and forced 30,000 others to flee. It caught many scientists off guard because it had been quiet for four centuries.
Mount Sinabung is among more than 120 active volcanoes in Indonesia, which is prone to seismic upheaval due to its location on the Pacific "Ring of Fire," an arc of volcanos and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin.
DANVERS, Mass. (AP) - A 14-year-old Massachusetts high school student charged with killing a teacher has been ordered held without bail.
Philip Chism was ordered held Wednesday at his arraignment in adult court on a murder charge in Salem.
His defense attorney, Denise Regan, argued for the proceedings to be closed and her client to be allowed to stay hidden because of his age. The judge denied the request. Regan declined to comment outside court.
Officials haven't released a cause of death, but prosecutors say the teen beat well-liked Danvers High School math teacher Colleen Ritzer. Her body was found in the woods behind the school early Wednesday.
The boy also was reported missing Tuesday. He was spotted walking along a road early Wednesday.
He is due back in court Nov. 22.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A man who confessed in an online video to killing a man in a drunken driving crash has been sentenced to six and a-half years in prison.
The sentence came at a hearing today in Columbus, Ohio, where Matthew Cordle apologized to the family of his victim, Vincent Canzani. Cordle said, "It should have been me that night, the guilty party, instead of an innocent man."
Canzani's daughter asked the judge to sentence Cordle to the maximum -- eight and a-half years -- saying, "My father got a death sentence and did nothing wrong." But the judge also read a letter from Canzani's ex-wife who said she believed he would not have wanted a maximum sentence. She said she thinks Cordle will keep his promise never to drink and drive again.
In the three and a-half-minute video posted in early September, Cordle admitted he killed a man and said he "made a mistake" when he decided to drive that night. At the hearing last month where he pleaded guilty, he told the judge that he drank so much, he was "blacked out" -- and that he had no recollection of the crash.